Zach Stich | The Daily Journal

Rezoning: The Fergus Falls City Council approved an amendment to rezone the properties at 1406 (pictured) and 1412 W. Alcott Ave. for the development of multifamily housing.

The Fergus Falls City Council passed a resolution Monday evening approving an amendment of the city zoning map from R-A to R-4 for the development of multifamily housing at 1406 and 1412 W. Alcott Ave.

The Planning Commission recommended the amendment April 23 by a 5-2 vote.

Making the request for the amendment was Platte Properties LLC on behalf of themselves and Douglas and Nancy Hansen.

The 4.79 acres has been zoned new zoning designation, the area can host multiple family residences.

Two neighborhood residents shared their thoughts with the council about the new zoning arrangement.

Tanya K. Kelm, a resident of Sunset Drive brought out arguments that the move could be considered “spot zoning.” She also stated her belief that the benefit for the developer was “purely economic.”

Her objections were backed by Park View resident Pat Schultz.

“Would you like this in your back yard, would you like this in your side yard?” Schultz asked the council.

Former city planner Ryan Hvitløk pointed out after the April 23 meeting that a public design-review project is still ahead and will go through both the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The council also approved financial sponsorship of a historical work on the city of Fergus Falls being prepared at this time by professional writer R.C. Drews with the assistance of the Otter Tail County Historical Society. Drews is in the process of pitching 20 sponsorships in the city at $2,500 apiece. Drews came to Monday’s council meeting having already attracted 10 of the sponsors.

City Finance Director Bill Sonmor pointed out a statute that would allow the city to make the $2,500 contribution from its community development fund.

Another item of new business was brought up by Councilman Scott Kvamme. It involves Otter Tail Power’s Otter Tail River Project and could possibly pick up some funding for the Fergus Falls Riverfront Project. Kvamme proposed an in-depth discussion of the opportunity at a future Committee of the Whole meeting or a council work session.

The council also thanked city employee Robert Schultz for his 34 years of service to Fergus Falls.

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is set for May 15 at 7 a.m. The City Council will meet again May 20 at 5:30 p.m.


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